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Lifestyle Headshots

What Makes a Good Headshot?

A good headshot can be the difference in getting a gig or not. In certain industries, headshots are not just a luxury, they are necessary – actors know this. But what makes a good headshot? One can argue it starts with the subject, or person, being photographed. Removing this, and so our question applies to anyone, let’s rephrase the question to what makes a good headshot regardless of the subject?

I believe there are four components to making a good headshot and we’ll break down each one. Note the word “make” because that’s the difference between working with a pro and someone just “taking” your photo.

Think of each these components as each being worth one letter-grade, if you will. So, missing one can be the difference between an A or B score and missing two can mean a C, and so on. These four components are: 1) having a good, technically and creatively sound photographer, 2) using a very good camera, 3) an understanding of how to use studio strobe or natural lighting, 4) and post-production work.

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Sometimes the Goal in a Headshot is An Expression of Creativity

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How Should I Pose for a Headshot?

If you’re rather new to getting headshots, you might wonder going into a session what you should do to pose? Like most photography answers, there is no one way or one shoe fits all answer to this. Much of it depends on the purpose of the headshot – is it for an actor, executive, a model, dancer, etc. and how will it primarily be used? Also, is there a feel or emotion you’re trying to convey?

There truly is no one way to address how to pose. Therefore, there are no rules. But there are some obvious considerations.

To Smile or Not to Smile

Smiling during headshots is arguably the one thing most people struggle with. They often think they overdo it or underdo it. It’s never just right. Therefore, it’s important to establish quick rapport with a headshot photographer. Being put at ease goes a long way toward getting that smile just right.

When posing for a smile, consider having your headshot photographer take many variations so you can ultimately find that one where your smile is great. Then again, there are some situations where you don’t want to smile. For example, an actor theatrical headshot might call for a more serious look.

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Sometimes, a Smile Isn’t Fitting, Such as With Theatrical Actor Headshots

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The Power and the Potential of Headshots in Los Angeles

As their name implies, lifestyle headshots capture a lot more than just you. They capture who you are, what you look like, and what you do, or at least good ones do. Why would you need pictures that do that? Well, there are plenty of case scenarios in which a headshot no only comes in handy, but is also business-necessary. It doesn’t matter if your lifestyle in and of itself doesn’t seem remarkable or deserving of lifestyle headshots in Los Angeles. Just consider some of these examples.

Social Media Presence

Nowadays for many people it’s all about one’s social media presence. Countless people are building their own personal brands through social media and using such bases to establish a means of income and sustenance. And the cornerstone of these successful social media personalities? Lifestyle headshots in Los Angeles. Continue reading

What is Headshot Photography

Headshot photography involves the art and science of taking a professional photo of someone’s face. But this can mean so many different things depending on the application. Also, there is a difference between a headshot and portrait.

Headshot Photography Purposes

In most cases, the primary reason behind getting professional headshots is that the photos will be used for commercial purposes. This means in some way – directly or indirectly – they will be used to promote a person or a business for financial gain.

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What Are Headshot Photos?

So, what exactly is a headshot photo? It can mean very different things to a lot of different people. And, what is the difference between a headshot and a portrait? Generally speaking, a headshot is a close-up of someone’s face, usually from around the shoulders up. And, also generally speaking, the difference between a headshot and portrait is that a headshot is commonly used for marketing purposes. Are there other differences that should be known? Yes.

Actor Headshots

Actors need headshots for their careers. Headshots are essentially the core of their resume. Sure, they need to list relevant experience on their resume like everyone else but, their look is essential. A good headshot for an actor is everything.

Typically, most actors will need at least a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot. The difference between these two shots should be clear. The commercial headshot is commonly well and evenly lit with a bright cheery background. A theatrical headshot goes for dramatic looks. Often, part of the face is in shadow and the background might also be darker. The two photos are used for submitting to casting directors for two very different roles.

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The Difference Between a Commercial Headshot and Theatrical Headshot Are Ideally Used by Actors to Be Cast for Different Types of Roles

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